Round Square is based on the theories of experiential educational philosopher Kurt Hahn who believed that schools should have a greater purpose beyond preparing young people for College and University. Dr. Hahn believed that it was crucial for students to prepare for life by having them face it head on and experience it in ways that would demand courage, generosity, imagination, principle and resolution. As a result, he felt that young people would become empowered and develop the skills and abilities to be the leaders and guardians of tomorrow's world.
Reaching Beyond Our Limits
In October 2011 Wellington hosted the Annual Conference, and welcomed hundreds of delegates from all over the world. In doing so followed in the footsteps of previous hosts including Thailand, India, Canada and many more, and we hope we showed our visitors a taste of British Culture.
Round Square schools are founded on a philosophy which embraces a series of six pillars or precepts which can be summed up in the word IDEALS. They are Internationalism, Democracy, Environment, Adventure, Leadership and Service. Students at Round Square schools make a commitment to addressing each of these pillars through exchanges, work projects, community service and adventure.
The overriding goal is to ensure the full and individual development of every student as a whole person through the simultaneous realization of academic, physical, cultural and spiritual aspirations.
At present, Round Square numbers approximately sixty schools worldwide with membership on every continent. Wellington College joined the organisation in 1995 and plays a full and active part in international conferences, projects and exchanges as well as developing service and fund raising initiatives of its own. Decisions are made through a Round Square Committee which is chaired by an elected member of the student body.